New Skyscraper Farm Will Feed A Village

New Skyscraper Farm Will Feed A Village

Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are suffering from a famine that affects 20 million people. According to eVolo magazine, over 40 percent of people living in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty. In the last three decades, absolute poverty has been reduced from 40 percent to 20 percent worldwide. Unfortunately, the green revolution including clean energy, fertilizers, irrigation, and high-yield seeds that doubled grain production between 1960 and 2000 on other continents has failed multiple times in Africa due to limited markets, bad infrastructure, civil wars, and an ineffective government.

The eVolo magazine presents and discusses architecture embodying technological advances, sustainable concepts, and innovative designs. Each year, eVolo hosts a competition and awards the structures that they admire most. This year’s top prizewinners were two Polish architects, Pawel Lipinski and Mateusz Frankowski. They designed the Mashambas Skyscraper which houses a farm, an education center, and a community center.

The ingenious structure facilitates the training of subsistence farmers in modern farming techniques. Providing the farmers with inexpensive fertilizers and state-of-the-art tools enables them to increase their crop yields dramatically. The skyscraper also creates a local trading area, which helps to maximize profits. The objectives are self-sufficient farming and overcoming poverty and famine.

The top of the proposed skyscraper is comprised of layered fields. There’s a drone docking center in the middle so agricultural products can be flown to isolated locations. The first floor consists of a kindergarten, a doctor’s office, and an information center.

The designers of the Mashambas Skyscraper predict that the combination of training, fertilizer, and seeds will enable small farmers to harvest as many crops per acre as large farms do. This will end famine, as the village will have food for itself and enough to sell to nearby villages. Another amazing feature of the structure is that it can be moved. The base remains in place and the other floors can be relocated to educate other farmers.

According to The Vertical Farm , the world population will increase by three billion people by 2050. Right now, 80 percent of the land that can be used for growing crops has been built on. Vertical farming will use less land to grow more food. We’re going to need a lot of vertical farms!

Interior of Mashambas Skyscraper, Courtesy of eVolo

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  1. pat elliot

    WOW,What a brilliant idea.It will help to feed so many.

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  2. torpid torus

    I would be very surprised if this scheme, while winning a prize for being innovative, actually turns out to be a practical idea.
    Circular buildings are volumetrically inefficient.
    Drones, tractors, horses can spread fertilizer in conventional fields. Not so here.
    Water has to be pumped vertically up many stories. This uses energy.
    The architecture makes it certain that many plants will not get the amount of sun that some get.
    I seriously doubt that this will ever be built; and even if it is, that it will last more that four years before it’s abandoned.

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    • Dean

      I have to agree vehemently with you, sir. Looking at this REALISTICALLY, I can picture warlords fighting over who gets to plant their flag atop the giant house of cards this looks like to me. While certainly innovative, I question even the need for a vertical farm in Africa (East Asia, maybe, if not for that whole ‘ring-of-fire’ earthquake zone thing!). Africa’s lousy with land! The problems in Africa seem to stem more from climate (Reliable RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!), transportation and most of all, stability/security even around aid convoys and relief supplies (Most of which end up in this warlord or that chieftain’s personal warehouses for sale on the black market.).

      Bottom line, this would be a MASSIVE waste of money all ending up in the WRONG POCKETS, which IS the biggest problem with aid in Africa to begin with. Just getting the bags of grain and other food, directly, to the villagers and helping them HIDE IT, maybe the best you can hope for, until the world, as a whole, gets serious about this and sends in the troops!

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  3. Jennifer

    Great article, great idea. Why is 70% of the “advertisement” on this sight a Lie about a particular political party? Is that “free thinking”?

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